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AYA Purim Carnival
Early Childhood through High School increased their joy in the Hebrew month of Adar with a Purim Carnival complete with amusement rides, tasty treats, and delightful costumes.
‘Moments ago, Color War broke out.’
K-8 Principals Danielle Rothenberg and Rabbi Chanania Engelsman write: "Our 8th Graders have planned an incredible day and a half of programming and ruach (spirit) building for all K-8 students. Color War is a long-lasting tradition for students to connect with children in other grades and emerge as a more united student body. The K-8 competition gives the students the opportunity to showcase their Judaic knowledge, athletic, art, logic, and sportsmanship capabilities." More on Color War next week!
Support AYA’s Annual Fundraiser! 

Join us for an evening of musical entertainment!

Purchase a raffle ticket for some great prizes! 

Be a sponsor and meet the artists!
7 pm Sun, March 19 in Pollman Hall

Broadway star, Steven Skybell, most recently seen in the acclaimed revival of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, directed by Joel Grey, and Zalmen Mlotek, world-renowned composer and musical director of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, will be entertaining us. 
Geffen joins Lobel Teachers Colloquium
AYA High School English teacher Susan Geffen is part of a select group of educators chosen to attend the The Lobel Teachers Colloquium at Princeton University. 

The colloquium, sponsored by the Tikvah Fund and hosted in cooperation with Princeton’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, aims “to establish a community of educators interested in Jewish classical education.” 

As described on the Tikvah Fund website, the fundamentals of Jewish classical education include K-12 study of the “classical arts of grammar, logic, and rhetoric”; in-depth examination of the canonical Jewish texts; early instruction in foreign languages; and recognition of the “exceptional nations” of America and Israel. Further, since Jewish ideas “lie at the heart of Western civilization, learning Western history, literature, and culture are the heritage and responsibility of every Jew.”  

The colloquium will include instruction in principles of Jewish classical education, demonstrations of lessons and pilot materials, and work with Princeton University professors and experts from the Lobel Center. Further, participants will immerse themselves in Plato’s Apology, and, after the colloquium, continue their learning in Zoom Forums.

Ms. Geffen, who teaches English II and IV, as well as our High School music elective, believes her upcoming comprehensive training in Jewish classical education will mesh beautifully with the up-to-date rigorous educational goals of AYA’s Atid Plan. 
Big 10 College Fair
High School students and parents met reps from The Universities of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, and The Ohio State on Thursday at our first on-campus Big 10 College Fair.
The 5th Grade's all-Hebrew production of Aladdin delighted parents last Wednesday night. See this sensational staging directed by Morah Sabo, Morah Meital, and the Bnot Sherut!
7:30 pm Mon, March 20 in Pollman Hall

AYA invites the greater Dallas Jewish community to join Rabbi Dr. Daniel Rose for Haggadah: Through the Eyes of Rabbi Sacks zt"l. Presented free of charge as part of The Harold A. Pollman Lecture Series.
9 am to 3 pm Sun, March 26 at JCC of Dallas

Students Against Terrorism's 20th Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament fundraiser will benefit JDC Ukraine Emergency Campaign & The Yeshiva High School of Elon Moreh - Shechem. » Donate & Team Signup
9:30 am to 11 am Sun, March 26 at the ECP Playground

Children should dress to get dirty and have fun. Refreshments for adults will be available. (In the event of poor weather, we will move into Hanna's Room.)
Mon-Tue, March 13-14: 6th Grade Texas History Trip
Updated! Wed, March 15: Full day of classes
Just added! 8:45 am Wed, March 15: JFGD Israel Mission Info Session » More info below
11 am Sun, March 19: Dallas Kosher Chili Cookoff » Volunteers Needed
Tue-Thu, March 21-23: 7th Grade Washington DC Trip
Wed, March 22: 3rd Grade Judaics Learning Program
Sun, March 26: Points 4 Peace Basketball Tournament at JCC Dallas
10 am Sun, March 26: Early Childhood Playground Playdate
Tue, March 28: Nitzanim/Chaverim Model Seder » Volunteers needed
Thu, March 30: Teenoki/K'Tonton Model Seder » Volunteers needed
16 months-Kindergarten
9 am to 3:45 pm June 12-30 & July 3-21 (Closed July 4)
8 am Early Care Available

Register prior to March 1 for $200 UltraCamp credit!
Plus, new this summer ...
Mazel tov to Morah Elki Schonbrunn on completing her masters degree in early childhood education.
Mazel tov to Early Childhood assistant teacher Yael Lopez on her engagement to Jason Luque. 
Photo update! Mazel tov to AYA Nurse Doba and Zev Rudberg ('04) on the birth of a daughter, Jordyn Becca Rudberg.
Email us your mazel tovs!
Shabbat meal hosts: Additional families are needed to welcome our Bnot Sherut — Roni Eliasian of Jerusalem and Roni Wishengrad of Gedera — for Shabbat meals over the Chaggim and Shabbatot of the school year:
Challah may be ordered directly from Ron the Baker (email) and will be available for pick-up on Friday mornings, before noon, at the Yiddishe Kup Cafe in the Welcome Center atrium.
Community Partner messages:
Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas (JFGD) has launched active recruitment for the ISRAEL AT 75 – COMMUNITY MISSION, November 7-13, 2023. Join the Akiba Yavneh Academy community alongside the greater Dallas Jewish community on a high level, 7-day mission to Israel!
Learn more: AYA will host an information session at 8:45 am Wed, March 15 in the Welcome Center Boardroom at the Schultz Rosenberg Campus.

Please contact Carly Glikman (email) at JFGD for further details.
Volunteers Needed!
It's time for all of us to "Come Together" for the Dallas Jewish Federation's Super Sunday! We are thrilled to bring this exciting event back to the community and our goal is to get everyone involved. We are reinventing Super Sunday into a bigger and more festive gathering, offering fun activities for families, raffles, and fundraising.

With our mission directed towards ensuring vibrant Jewish life, we recognize that the key to meeting its growing needs will require community collaboration. To raise the critical funds needed by our partner organizations, we are asking Akiba Yavneh Academy to join us by hosting a table of volunteers and leading the charge in fundraising and "thank you" calls.

Please bring your family and come represent AYA at this very important community event! Please use the sign up sheet to register to volunteer
Shabbat Shalom!